Magazine Holders Redesigned!

During my time as a student teacher, my cooperating teacher/mentor taught me so many tips and tricks about kindergarten. Her main tip was planning lessons and getting materials ready on Friday so that Monday doesn't sneak up on you.

She used these wonderful magazine holders to store her lessons. There were five holders labeled with the days of the week. Each holder had a manila folders for math, phonics, shared reading, etc.

I decided to use this form of planning as well, so I took a trip down to one of my local Walmarts. (I'm from a huge city where there are a billion Walmarts within driving distance. It's ridiculous really.)

I found some really nice magazine holders for $5 each. I wasn't too excited about the price, but after looking on my phone and comparing prices quickly on Amazon, OfficeDepot, and other stores, I decided to just splurge. They're made of metal, so I know they will last through the years. Not sure what the holes are for. Any ideas?

My only problem is...they're not so cute. I mean, if you're a minimalist, it would probably suit you. But I'm a teacher. There's not enough...personality! I needed to do something about that--FAST!

Out came the scrapbook paper and the black cardstock. I booted up my trusty Silhouette Cameo die-cutter (which is my absolute favorite thing right now besides my laptop!) and got to creating. It didn't take long before I had these little babies all assembled and ready to stick on.

I used the font Elise by Kevin and Amanda. I love their fonts. So cute, yet so free! :) Anyways. Back to my creation.

After I laminated and cut each one, I got out my packing/masking tape. You know, the clear tape that's super sticky? I pulled off a bit so that I could wrap the ends around onto the holders. It turned out really cute.

Magazine Holders Redesigned! Use these to store your week's lesson materials.

Here are some photos of the completed project! It really took very little time to do this, and I'm definitely excited about them!

Redesign your boring magazine holders!
Get crafty with your magazine holders
Magazine holders redecorated to store your lesson materials

I hope I inspired you to try this out, too. It's really fun and can go with any classroom theme and color scheme. My theme happens to be jungle/wild animals, so that's why I picked these adorable animals!

Thanks for dropping by.

I'm so thankful to Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for hosting this fantastic linky! It makes me work. :)

OH!! Classroom pics will be up sometime THIS WEEK! Keep your eyes peeled for that!

How do you organize your teaching materials?


  1. Ohh I love! I have some similar but I have piles and piles instead of neat organized bins. I am not your girl for too many organizing tips. HA!

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  2. These are super cute!!! I love the idea for lesson planning! I have a folder that I use for each day of the week and fill it with all the materials needed for that day. I organize all my teacher books into organizers like you bought by theme. :) Once I am back in the classroom, I will take lots of pics on how I organize!


  3. Those bins are too cute! I love how they're simple yet still make a statement :)


  4. They are so adorable! It is great to have amazing mentors isn't it? Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and am looking forward to reading more.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  5. Very cute! Gives me ideas for beautifying the organizer on my desk! Time to boot up the cricut! :)
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts

  6. I do something very similar to organize my daily items but I really like the size of the ones you are using. Very cute decorating...of course teachers cannot keep them black, lol....what were they thinking! :)

    :) Nancy

    Joy of Kindergarten

  7. These look awesome!! I'm looking to make something similar for my classroom. I may have to make a trip to Walmart today.. =)

    Great job!

    The Resource Room Teacher

  8. Super cute! I use stacking trays for the same purpose :) Works great!!!!
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

  9. I love that scrapbook paper! Where in the world did you get it from? It's super cute, and your magazine holders came out adorable!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  10. Wow - I love how they turned out!


  11. Those are SO adorable!! I love how organized they will look too:) I think the holes are so you can pull them off the shelf easily when they are facing the other way. I am your newest follower!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  12. Those look great!
    Did you had the Cricut before the Cameo?
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  13. These turned out so cute! What a great idea!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  14. I think I'm going to have to go buy a Cameo now. Those turned out so great!

    Strive to Sparkle

  15. I love the background paper you used for this project. It makes the black lettering "pop!" Great job!!

  16. This is a great idea I need to do the same thing - it will keep me organized:)

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  18. New follower! You did an awesome job prettying up your holders!

    Shar W

  19. Heya¡­my very first comment on your site. ,I have been reading your blog for a while and thought I would completely pop in and drop a friendly note. . It is great

    stuff indeed. I also wanted to ask..is there a way to subscribe to your site via email?

    Magazine Holders

    1. If you look on the sidebar on the right hand side, you can scroll down and see a section called "Follow by email." Just type your email address and click submit!


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